Alexander L'Estrange, medieval French name and all, is a contemporary English composer of mostly vocal and choral music, much of it accessible and appealing. A song cycle on the historical development of the bicycle is part of his catalog. On Eagles' Wings is a group of sacred pieces seemingly suited to English collegiate choirs' unquenchable thirst for new repertoire, but L'Estrange benefits here from performances by Tenebrae and director Nigel Short, as crack a choral ensemble as there is anywhere.
Giuseppe Verdi's name stands out as one of the greatest in the history of opera. "Rigoletto," "La Traviata," "Requiem Mass," "Aida," "Otello," and many other works have been reinterpreted on countless occasions, with Verdi's legacy only growing in stature as the years go by.
FREEDOM was formed in the summer of 1967 by two ex PROCOL HARUM members BOBBY HARRISON and RAY ROYER. Both had been dismissed from Procol after 'internal disagreements' They became the first clients of Jonathon Weston who had been Procol’s Manager (until he had been ousted just before Harrison and Royer). They all had something to prove.They were immediately commissioned by Dino De Laurentis (famed Italian producer) to write the score for an Italian film 'Black On White' and in 1968 wrote and recorded 14 tracks within 2 months. The band was then asked to appear in the actual film by the director Tinto Brass playing the songs as a commentary to a film virtually without any dialogue.